Mayor Nutter Tries Cigarette Tax to Fund Schools

Last year’s attempt failed. He’s trying again.

CBSPhilly reports that Mayor Nutter is trying, again, to get approval for a cigarette tax to fund Philly schools:

You probably recall that last year Mayor Nutter proposed a two-dollar per pack tax on cigarettes, with the proceeds going directly to the cash-starved school district.

City Council agreed, but state lawmakers who must authorize the tax did not.

Now Nutter is again calling on Harrisburg to green light a city cigarette tax although he’s well aware that the state is hearing from lobbyists for tobacco-related interests:

“You know, it’s the United States of America. People have a right to lobby. I just think that folks here should be lobbying on behalf of children.”

But a member of the Pennsylvania House leadership said the proposal is dead on arrival this year, too.

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  • MystiKasT

    Philly schools are trash because they are majority black

    • Nick

      wow….no don’t hide your blatant racism. share it with the world

  • matthew brandley

    democraps. tax and spend. The trash that attends the schools could care less. why? welfare sucking leeches

  • crateish

    Racist fucks pollute comments on Philly media. Go back to Jersey!

    Add ten dollars to cigarette taxes, Mr. Mayor.